Currie Cup

Yellow card warning for WP

2014-10-13 13:36
Rynhardt Elstadt (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - They may have topped the Currie Cup log in regular season, but Western Province fans should be somewhat perturbed by their team's lack of discipline at some stages during the season.

WP averaged almost 1 yellow card per game, having received 9 sin-bins in their 10 league matches. Despite this, they still won eight of those games and comfortably finished in top spot to assure themselves of a home semi-final.

Griquas, who finished seventh, also received 9 cards, which included 7 yellow and 2 red cards.

WP's opponents for Saturday's semi-final at Newlands, the Blue Bulls, were also guilty of several misdemeanours, receiving 7 cards which included 1 red for captain Deon Stegmann and 6 sin-bins.

Two WP players - lock Manuel Carizza and utility forward Rynhardt Elstadt - received yellow cards on two occasions during the season, while Elstadt was also banned for three weeks after dangerously charging into a ruck in a game against the EP Kings at Newlands.

Saturday's other semi-final between the Golden Lions and Sharks at Ellis Park will feature two of the more "disciplined" teams in this year's Currie Cup, with both teams receiving only 4 yellow cards apiece.

Should WP beat the Bulls on Saturday, they would be rewarded with a home final, but coach Allister Coetzee's charges should be wary of having another player or two sent off this weekend, as it could prove costly in a knockout game...

Cards per team in this year's Currie Cup round-robin phase - via SARU's official website:

Western Province 9 (9 yellow cards)
Griquas 9 (7 yellow, 2 red)
EP Kings 8 (8 yellow)
Blue Bulls 7 (6 yellow, 1 red)
Free State Cheetahs 7 (7 yellow)
Pumas 5 (5 yellow)
Golden Lions 4 (4 yellow)
Sharks 4 (4 yellow)

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